Register Now: Portsmouth Institute Summer Conference on Pope Francis

Registration is now open for the Portsmouth Institute’s 2015 Summer Conference,
“Like a Shepherd He Will Tend His Flock: Understanding the Francis Papacy”!

June 19-21, 2015
Portsmouth Abbey
Rhode Island
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“This I ask you: Be shepherds, with the ‘odor of the sheep,’ make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men.” –Pope Francis Chrism Mass, March 28, 2013.

The Portsmouth Institute for Faith and Culture invites you to kick off the summer at our sixth Summer Conference, “Like a Shepherd He Will Tend His Flock: Understanding the Francis Papacy,” on June 19-21, 2015, featuring keynote speaker Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley. Following the Benedictine tradition of intellectual dialogue and spiritual formation, the Summer Conference presents the best of contemporary scholarship on faith and culture, and provides opportunities for all attendees to experience the rich, prayerful life of a Benedictine monastery.

Register here today.


Hosted at Portsmouth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery and school nestled along the banks of the Narragansett Bay in scenic Rhode Island, the conference will foster an authentic understanding of Pope Francis and will explore the major themes of his papacy.

Conference speakers include:

— Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, Archdiocese of Boston

— Ross Douthat, New York Times

— R.R. Reno, First Things

— Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, The New Republic

— Fr. Roger Landry, Diocese of Fall River and Catholic Voices USA

— Anna Bonta Moreland, Villanova University

— Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review

— Christopher White, Co-author of Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church

….and many more

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We invite you to seek answers to a number of important questions regarding Pope Francis, including:

— Who is Pope Francis? How does his background — as an Argentinian, a Jesuit, a pastor — motivate his own faith and mission?

— What are the main challenges confronting the Church at this point in history, and how is Pope Francis confronting them?

— How are we to understand the Holy Father’s teachings on economics and the “throwaway culture”?

— Where does Pope Francis stand on fundamental doctrines of the Church?

— How should we understand Pope Francis’s reformational zeal within the context of Church history?


Register here today to explore this timely and engaging topic with opinion makers, Church leaders, and friends.


Please contact Christopher Fisher at or 401.643.1255 with any questions.

 “Excellent papers, delightful companions, beautiful setting, fine services, outstanding organization.”

“Really excellent, vibrant, lively, friendly, and inspiring!”

“Wonderful and diverse group of speakers.”